Lizzo stuns in a red Valentino gown on the cover of the October issue of Vogue. Inside, she models looks from Gucci, Moschino Couture, and LaQuan Smith that were photographed by music video director and producer Hype Williams.
She is interviewed by poet/playwright Claudia Rankine and the two discuss her musical beginnings, Black Lives Matter, and the body positivity movement… which she laments has been commercialized and appropriated to the point where it’s in danger of losing its meaning.
“Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative. What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it,” Lizzo explained.
“Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club. They need to be benefiting from … the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets — you know, it gets made acceptable.”
“I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point. It’s easy. I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal.”
It’s important, she says, to keep the conversation going…
“I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here,” she explained. “We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?”
(via Page Six)
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@lizzobeeating is not only our October cover star; she will also be speaking at this year's #ForcesofFashion event! Scheduled for November 16 and 17, our annual #ForcesofFashion will be going virtual this year. Tap the link in our bio to secure your ticket. Photographed by @hypewilliams, styled by @mr_carlos_nazario, written by Claudia Rankine, Vogue, October 2020.